I am confused as to what the best output is to use for:1. Stereo Headphones 2. Stereo Speakers
If you want to use your headphones with it, you're going to need a headphone amplifier.
If you want to be able to easily switch between headphones and speakers, you're going to need an amplifier that has both a headphone out and a line-out, though.
the output impedance of your line-out is probably way too high for headphones
But looking ahead i will need to do both, can you recommend any?
All i know is impedance has something to do with resisatance? Could you possibly explain what you mean by this?
Sorry, I don't know of any product that fits the bill. I'm sure they exist, I just don't know about them. There's the FiiO E09K, but it has an output impedance of 10Ω, more suitable for headphones that are 80Ω or more.
I see so connecting a a headphone amp to a speaker amp via the speaker amps line out/headphone out, will that lead to any loss in sound quality or impedance problems?
I take it for this to work without needing to swap i would need a speaker amp with a headphone and line out? Is that possible? FiiO products do seem to get good reviews especially the desktop one.
Was looking at http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1 bu cant find it anywhere,
Budget is probably around £100 anyway so FiiO seem to fit in with that well, are they the recommended brand, don't want my sound card to be done an injustice by having a poor amp.
Use a speaker amp that also contains a respectable headphone amp.
The 0404 is a good piece to have.
QuoteUse a speaker amp that also contains a respectable headphone amp.Wont the quality of the headphone amp suffer because its hybrid?
Would prefer accurate sound from separate amps if the quality will suffer. Can you recommend any?
QuoteThe 0404 is a good piece to have.Will the 500 ohm impedance give me a hard time?
What is unclear about FIIO E5? Are you unaware that it is a well-known and widely used headphone amplifier?